Munnell charged for theft of 2012 Grad Bash funds

A 53-year-old Little Falls woman has been charged with felony theft for allegedly stealing nearly $3,000 from the 2012 Little Falls Grad Bash checking account.

Dawn Ann Munnell served as the 2012 Grad Bash chair from November 2011 through May 2012 and as such was authorized to sign checks from the account, as was the secretary treasurer.

In January, a report was made to the Little Falls Police Department that it was believed Munnell had been stealing money from the Grad Bash account, held at a bank in Little Falls.

In the taped statement to the police, it was alleged that Munnell had obtained starter checks in addition to those issued for the Grad Bash Committee in the possession of the secretary/treasurer.

The criminal complaint said bank records show that from November 2011 through May 2012, Munnell wrote out several checks to “cash” and several checks out to herself, without knowledge of the Grad Bash Committee and without discernable legitimate reason.

One $100 check Munnell allegedly wrote out to herself was noted to be for “receipt mailing.” However, all mailing was done and paid for by the high school.

Munnell also allegedly wrote out a $700 check to herself on May 3, 2012, writing “hypnotist receipt” in the subject line. The hypnotist was contacted and said he had already received payment for his services and had no knowledge of an additional $700 payment.

After the Grad Bash took place, May 27 – 28, 2012, Munnell allegedly made numerous purchases from May 29 – 31, 2012, at three stores, totalling $2,173.26. The criminal complaint notes that after the Grad Bash was over, there was no reason for purchases.

The criminal complaint said that Grad Bash Committee members allegedly made numerous attempts to contact Munnell for information about where the funds went. Munnell would allegedly set up a meeting time, but fail to show up.

A Little Falls Police officer allegedly contacted Munnell for a meeting, for which she failed to show and then would not respond to further messages from the officer.

If convicted, Munnell faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.